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Bowl: C.559-1991

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Object information

Current Location: In storage


Potter: Unknown (Possibly)




Fritware coated in a white slip and painted in blue, green purple and black under a clear glaze.
Shape: plain rim on a hemispherical bowl sitting on a low, narrow foot ring.
Interior: on the base, a black scalloped roundel contains a rosette overlaid with a six pointed star, both of which are outlined in black and coloured in blue and green with reserved areas left white. Three scars on the base illustrate the use of a tripod stacking device in the kiln. Glaze has pooled slightly in the base and there are slight splashes of turquoise pigment on the body.
Exterior: on the rim contained within concentric black lines is a frieze of alternating black scrolls and blue ovals. On the body, radiating from a pair of black concentric lines containing black dots, a frieze of alternating purple tulips or carnations, green leaves and blue hyacinths, all painted with a black outline. The blue and purple pigment has run slightly into the surrounding white surface. Glaze runs unevenly over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring. The underside of the foot ring is unglazed.


History note: Henry Scipio Reitlinger (d. 1950); Reitlinger Trust, Maidenhead

Legal notes

H. S. Reitlinger Bequest 1950; transferred from the Reitlinger Trust, 1991

Measurements and weight

Height: 13.4 cm
Weight: 1038 g
Width: 27.5 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Damascus ⪼ Syria

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1991) by Reitlinger, Henry Scipio


16th Century, Late-17th Century, Early
Circa 1575 CE - 1625 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Interior composed of pigment ( black, blue, green) glaze ( clear)
Exterior Body composed of pigment ( black, blue, purple, green) glaze ( clear, runs unevenly over the lower body and in places onto the foot ring)
Rim Diameter 27.5 cm
Base Diameter 9.6 cm

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Throwing : Fritware coated in a white slip and painted in blue, green purple and black under a clear glaze

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.559-1991
Primary reference Number: 75522
Packing number: ISCER 565
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 14 October 2015 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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